essentialism definition by Webster's New World
Philos. a theory which stresses indispensable conceptual characteristics and relations of things as opposed to existence as particular experienced actuality
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- essentialist noun
essentialism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The metaphysical theory that the essential properties of an object can be distinguished from those that are accidental to it.